Sauger

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  1. spinner

    spinner Staff Member

    Sauger
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    Identification:
    Dorsal region of head and back brown to gray; sides paler, ventral region of head and belly white. Sides and back variously speckled with dusky spots; 4 dark saddles across back, some of which expand horizontally on sides. Eyes silvery in life; a well-developed reflecting layer (tapetum lucidum) causes glowing in dark. Membranes on the spiny dorsal fin with definite horizontal rows of spots, and last few membranes not solid black; second dorsal and caudal fins with dark spots in regular rows; ventral lobe of caudal fin sometimes white edged. Pectoral fins lightly speckled, and with a strong, black blotch at base; pelvic and anal fins clear to lightly speckled.
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    Wisconsin State Record:
    5 lbs 13 ounces caught on Lake Wisconsin In Columbia County on November 8, 1988.
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    This 16 incher was caught and released today by me at the dam in Gays Mills on a very large jointed rapala.
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